Visual Astronomy for the Classroom
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Presented by the Science Education Initiative
Introducing and guiding students in astronomy can be a daunting task with so much space to cover, new discoveries being made almost daily, and so many disciplines needed to master the subject.
Starting with simple charts, or "sky maps," and progressing to maps of the known universe constructed from cosmic microwave background data, workshop participants will experience how to introduce basic astronomy topics to middle school students, learn techniques to explore concepts of large scale spatial structures, and practice guiding students in their mental transformations of astronomical objects and space.
Strategies for supporting open ended exploration for more advanced students will also be presented. Participants will draw, dance, and use mathematical skills, scientific experimentation, in-situ telescope and on-line observations of solar system and deep space objects. A review of recent literature and a link list to online resources will be provided.
Registration is limited to the first 20 registrants.
|Student / Postdoc / Fellow Member:||$0|
|Student / Postdoc / Fellow Nonmember:||$5|
Gloria J. Brown-Simmons is an artist and aesthetic engineer who helps people "see" and interact with planetary data in order to experience the beauty of nature and better understand geophysical phenomena. Trained as a visual artist, Ms. Brown-Simmons integrates aesthetics with image processing, animation, simulation and interactive immersive environments as part of her work.
Ms. Brown-Simmons applies her artistic sensibilities to visualization projects as a collaborator at international institutions. Her appointments include Harvard University; TASC; Caltech/JPL; MIT; an Interagency Personnel Appointee (IPA) for NASA to the GLOBE Program, White House; the University of Arizona and the University of California. She has also collaborated with NEON on location based information appliances and with Peter Chermayeff on immersive ocean environments. Ms. Brown-Simmons is currently working to create AST (art, science and technology) experiences focused on astronomy and Earth science for students in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Her work has been broadcast on television networks, published in international journals, and presented at international conferences and exhibitions including the Banff New Media Center, ACM SIGGRAPH; The Netherlands Design Institute’s Doors of Perception; the Biennial Sao Paulo; and Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.
In addition to her work in visual studies, she investigates ways to represent data, communication methods and how visualization creates an innovative approach to system design. Ms. Brown-Simmons is currently exploring Earth system science (ESS) data in game engines and investigating the possibility of integrating planetary data with other data sources through sophisticated interfaces that link individuals with major resource and service providers.
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